Statement of condolences about the passing away of the President of the Bolivarian
Republic of Venezuela Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías

The World Peace Council expresses its profound grief and sorrow about the physical disappearance of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution and President of Venezuela Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías.

The entire membership of the WPC and its leadership wish to convey the condolences of the peace loving people and their organisations to the people and government of Venezuela, to our member Organisation, the “Comité de Solidaridad Internacional- COSI” and the family of the late President.

Hugo Chavez served and led the Venezuelan people firmly, improving the life of the workers, peasants, women and  youth, using the natural resources of the country for the benefit of the people and proving genuine internationalist solidarity with the peoples of Latin America and the world against the aggressiveness and domination of Imperialism.
With the massive support of the Venezuelan people he resisted the subversive actions and manoeuvres of the local oligarchy and of imperialism, got 4 times elected President of State. During all his terms the WPC stood by in solidarity with Hugo Chavez, supported the achievements and advances of the peoples’ movement, denouncing the plans and actions like the Coup d’ état of 2002 organized by local and foreign reactionary forces.

Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela stood on the side of the International Anti-imperialist Movement all these years, hosting dozens of international congresses and events, amongst them the Assembly of the WPC where we proclaimed with Hugo Chavez Caracas as the “Capital of Peace and anti-imperialist
struggle” in 2008.

Hugo Chavez will be remembered always by the peoples of world as a genuine and dynamic leader by the future generations.

We express our feelings of sympathy and condolences to his family, the government and people of Venezuela.

Secretariat of World Peace Council

Athens 6th March 2013